County Rededicates Bridge in Honor of Former Green Brook Mayor
Flood-control bridge in Bound Brook dedicated to service of Vernon Noble.
The Somerset County Board of Freeholders hosted a June 25 ceremony to rename the Talmage Avenue flood-control bridge in memory of former Freeholder and former Green Brook Flood Control Commission Chairman Vernon A. Noble.
Freeholder Director Patricia Walsh was joined by Freeholders Robert Zaborowski, Patrick Scaglione and Mark Caliguire as well as former Congressman Mike Ferguson; Bound Brook Mayor Carey Pilato; representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection; members of the Flood Control Commission; and other municipal officials whose towns belong to the Commission.
Noble’s daughters, Bonnie Noble Young and Cathy Noble, also were in attendance along with granddaughter Jennie Rosado, grandson Kenny Noble Yeager and great-grandson Maddox Noble Rosado.
Noble, who passed away in November 2011 at 92, was a longtime Green Brook resident who served on the Township Committee there from 1964 to 1974, including seven years as mayor. He served as Somerset County Freeholder from 1975 to 1985 and then was Somerset County Surrogate until his retirement in 1994.
He was one of the co-founders, in 1971, and a longtime chairman of the Green Brook Flood Control Commission, whose members worked for decades to secure funding for the flood-control measures that ultimately were implemented – including raising the Talmage Avenue bridge – and are still ongoing in the Green Brook Basin area.
“In his many positions, Vernon was a go-to public servant who saw an issue, gathered those together to solve the problem and got things done,” said Freeholder Director Walsh. “He was a friend and mentor to many in Somerset County and will never be forgotten.
“It is our pleasure to name this bridge in his memory, as a fitting tribute to a man who devoted his life to helping his fellow citizens.”